Director / designer couple Renaud Doucet and André Barbe score a triumph with their new production of  La Cenerentola, unveiled last week at the Hamburgische Staatsoper. Montréal’s La Presse has my story.


Springtime Debut

March 23, 2011

Petra-Maria Schnitzer sings her first Isolde in Graham Vick’s new staging at the Deutsche Oper Berlin. I write about it for the Financial Times.

Print Hiatus

March 12, 2011

Back in the saddle. I have been kept busy in nearby dwellings, attending the European Opera Forum in London, the last performances of both Anna Nicole at Covent Garden and Lucrezia Borgia at ENO, plus Claus Guth’s excellent new Parsifal at the Liceu in Barcelona. More on that promptly.

Last week, Wajdi Mouawad opened F.I.N.D. 2011, the yearly festival of new authors presented by the Schaubühne, with the world premiere of his play Temps. I was already in Albion and could not attend, but wrote a short preview for Montréal’s daily La Presse. My piece on Anna Nicole (also in French) was published yesterday morning.

Theater is Life

September 9, 2010

“The means of the stage must be used to tell stories which cannot be told anywhere else.”

September essentials: interview-shy Patrice Chéreau in conversation with Norman Lebrecht.